Captain of the Port increases Port Conditions to YANKEE in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

7th Coast Guard District NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Sector San Juan Captain of the Port, Capt. Drew Pearson, increased the Port Condition to YANKEE for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, due to the current trajectory of Tropical Storm Irene.

The Captain of the Port anticipates setting Port Condition ZULU at 12p.m. Sunday for the ports in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, as long as the storm track for Tropical Storm Irene remains as forecasted.

All other ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will remain at Port Condition YANKEE until further notice.

Port Condition YANKEE

During Port Condition YANKEE, the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are closed to inbound vessels traffic.  Vessels greater than 200 gross tons currently in port should get underway at this time, while all other vessels remaining in port are to take appropriate precautionary measures.

Port Condition ZULU

During Port Condition ZULU (sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours) the ports will remain closed to all incoming and outgoing vessel traffic until directed by the Captain of the Port.

All intra-island ferries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands transiting ports under Port Condition ZULU must cease operations and be secured at their designated mooring facility when Port Condition ZULU is in place for their respective port.

Future port conditions cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty, but provided the storm remains on the projected course and track, port stakeholders can expect the established progression of port conditions.

Owners and operators of recreational vessels

Owners and operators of recreational vessels should follow the small craft advisories from the National Weather Service, and take the necessary measures to safeguard the safety of their vessels.

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